ABU DHABI: FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia announced its first phablet at Nokia World on Tuesday, the Nokia Lumia 1520.
As expected, the device features a 6in screen, and thanks to Microsoft's latest iteration of Windows Phone 8 this boasts HD 1080p resolution, with Nokia claiming it as its best and sharpest display to date.
Speaking of Windows Phone, the large screen on the Lumia 1520 makes way for a third column on the Live Tile homescreen, with Nokia boasting that it is the first phone maker to introduce this - perhaps unsurprising given that Microsoft owns it.
Under the bonnet the Nokia Lumia 1520 has a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, along with 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card and 7GB of free cloud storage. We're still awaiting full specifications, but we'll update this when we hear more.
As is the norm with Lumia devices, Nokia claims the Lumia 1520 features a market leading camera, with the handset arriving with a 20MP rear-facing Pureview camera, complete with enhanced sensor technology, optical image stabilisation and four built-in microphones for video recording.
Nokia has also loaded the device with a new app called Nokia Camera, which integrates its previous Smart and Pro camera applications. There's also a new application called Story Teller, which lumps together your images and videos into locations, much like HTC's Zoe feature. This app also allows you to see where your images were taken, done by zooming out of a photo to see it placed on Nokia Maps.
Perhaps the most exciting revelation however was that the Lumia 1520 will have access to Vine and Instagram, with the apps set to arrive on Windows Phone 8 within the coming weeks.
Looking to woo business folk, Nokia also announced that a new app called Nokia Beamer will debut on the Lumia 1520, allowing users to share their handset's display with other users or their PC screen.
Nokia has said the Lumia 1520 will fetch $749, and will go on sale this quarter. Much like the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, the Lumia 1520 will launch in a number of different colours, including black, white and yellow.
For those on a budget, Nokia also outed the Nokia Lumia 1320 smartphone today, set to fetch $349. This also features a 6in display but lowers the resolution to 720p, and has what Elop excitedly described as a "round, colourful, playful design."
Check back later today for our hands-on Nokia Lumia 1520 review. µ
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